Southeastern Regional Vocational High School - 2018-2019 Student Handbook

 
Southeastern Regional Vocational High School - 2018-2019 Student Handbook
Southeastern Regional Vocational High School

                                    2018-2019

                                 Student Handbook

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Contents
PERFORMANCE......................................................................................................................................................................... 5
     PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS............................................................................................................................................ 5
     Professionalism ............................................................................................................................................................................ 5
     Course Requirements.................................................................................................................................................................. 5
     SPECIAL EDUCATION................................................................................................................................................................ 5
     SCHOOL DAY ............................................................................................................................................................................. 6
     REPORT CARDS, PROGRESS REPORTS AND GRADING..................................................................................................... 6
     VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL PROGRAM PLACEMENT ........................................................................................................ 6
     COURSE AND CREDIT REQUIREMENTS ............................................................................................................................... 6
     PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS .............................................................................................................................................. 7
     GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS............................................................................................................................................. 7
     CLASS RANK CALCULATION ................................................................................................................................................... 7
     COLLEGE ENTRANCE AFTER GRADUATION ....................................................................................................................... 8
     HONOR ROLL ............................................................................................................................................................................ 8
     PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION EXERCISES.................................................................................................................... 8
     STUDENT RECORDS.................................................................................................................................................................. 9
ATTENDANCE........................................................................................................................................................................... 10
     ATTENDANCE OVERVIEW..................................................................................................................................................... 10
     ABSENCE .................................................................................................................................................................................... 10
     REPORTING A STUDENT ABSENCE...................................................................................................................................... 10
     PLANNED ABSENCES............................................................................................................................................................... 10
     LONG TERM ILLNESS................................................................................................................................................................ 11
     TARDINESS ................................................................................................................................................................................. 11
     DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL..................................................................................................................................................... 11
     MAKE-UP REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES................................................................................................................. 11
     TRUANT FROM SCHOOL ...................................................................................................................................................... 12
     ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE.................................................................................................................................................. 12
POLICY.......................................................................................................................................................................................... 12
     PERSONAL INJURIES ............................................................................................................................................................... 12
     EMERGENCY INFORMATION............................................................................................................................................... 12
     HEALTH OFFICE AND SCHOOL NURSE.............................................................................................................................. 12
     TRANSPORTATION-ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS ...................................................................................................................... 12
     SCHOOL INSURANCE ............................................................................................................................................................. 13
     MEDICATION POLICY............................................................................................................................................................. 13
     PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS.................................................................................................................................................... 13
     Admission Physicals................................................................................................................................................................... 13
     Athletic Physicals ....................................................................................................................................................................... 14
     ACCIDENTAL BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURE TO STUDENTS......................................................................... 14
     PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH ......................................................................................................................................... 14
     AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES .................................................................................................................................................. 14
     EXTRA-CURRICULAR/CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & ELIGIBILITY .............................................................................. 14
     Athletic Eligibility ...................................................................................................................................................................... 14

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Intramurals ................................................................................................................................................................................. 15
     Student Government ................................................................................................................................................................ 15
     CLOTHING AND ATTIRE/DRESS CODE............................................................................................................................... 16
     TOOLKITS .................................................................................................................................................................................. 16
     SCHOOL BEHAVIOR ............................................................................................................................................................... 17
     STUDENT BEHAVIOR.............................................................................................................................................................. 17
     PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE ...................................................................................................................................................... 17
     SUSPENSION POLICY............................................................................................................................................................... 17
     ALTERNATIVE DISCIPLINE ASSIGNMENT............................................................................................................................ 18
     STUDENT APPEAL PROCEDURE............................................................................................................................................ 18
     DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES.................................................................................................................. 18
     Suspension of Students with Disabilities................................................................................................................................. 18
     DRUG ABUSE POLICY ............................................................................................................................................................. 19
     SALE AND/OR DISTRIBUTION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS..........................................................................................................20
     DRUG USE .................................................................................................................................................................................20
     POSSESSION OR USE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES...........................................................................................................20
     PERSONAL SEARCHES OF STUDENTS CONDUCTED BY PUBLIC SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES..............20
     AGGRESSIVE ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR POLICY ...................................................................................................................20
     BULLYING AND CYBER-BULLYING....................................................................................................................................... 21
     CORRIDOR BEHAVIOR .......................................................................................................................................................... 21
     CAFETERIA BEHAVIOR ...........................................................................................................................................................22
     TRUANCY - (See ATTENDANCE page 12)............................................................................................................................22
     PLAGIARISM/CHEATING ........................................................................................................................................................22
     ELECTRONIC DEVICE POLICY ...............................................................................................................................................22
     Permitted Devices: ....................................................................................................................................................................22
     Restricted Devices: ....................................................................................................................................................................22
     Violations: ..................................................................................................................................................................................23
     DANCE & PROM CODE OF CONDUCT..............................................................................................................................23
SERVICES ......................................................................................................................................................................................24
     GUIDANCE SERVICES ..............................................................................................................................................................24
     COOPERATIVE EDUCATION .................................................................................................................................................24
     CO-OP ATTENDANCE.............................................................................................................................................................24
     TEXTBOOKS ..............................................................................................................................................................................24
     STUDENT ID CARDS................................................................................................................................................................25
RULES AND REGULATIONS                                       25
     SAFETY .......................................................................................................................................................................................25
     FIRE ALARMS ............................................................................................................................................................................25
     FIRE ALARM PROCEDURES FROM THE CAFETERIA.........................................................................................................26
     REGULATIONS FOR BUS STUDENTS....................................................................................................................................26
     PARKING REGULATIONS .......................................................................................................................................................27
     CLINICAL EXPECTATIONS......................................................................................................................................................27
     EXPULSION POLICY.................................................................................................................................................................28
     CHAPTER 71: SECTION 37H ½ .............................................................................................................................................29

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Reference....................................................................................................................................................................................29
    PROHIBITION AGAINST FIREARMS IN SCHOOLS ............................................................................................................30
    EDUCATION AND TITLE VI & IX ..........................................................................................................................................30
    AN ACT PROHIBITING THE PRACTICE OF HAZING........................................................................................................30
    HARASSMENT POLICY............................................................................................................................................................ 31
    Anti-Harassment / Hate Crimes Policy ................................................................................................................................... 31
    ANTI-HARASSMENT DISCIPLINE CODE...............................................................................................................................33
    What is Sexual Harassment? ....................................................................................................................................................33
    What is Harassment? ................................................................................................................................................................34
    What are Hate Crimes? ............................................................................................................................................................34
    What should I do if I’m a victim of sexual harassment, harassment, or hate crimes?......................................................34
    How will the school handle the problem? ............................................................................................................................34
    What are the punishments for sexual harassment, harassment and hate crimes?.............................................................35
    TITLE IX......................................................................................................................................................................................35
    FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT...............................................................................................................35
    PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT...............................................................................................................35
    FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT ......................................................................................................36
    POLICY FOR THE MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS EDUCATION ASSISTANCE ACT...................................................37
    Purpose.......................................................................................................................................................................................37
    Definition ...................................................................................................................................................................................37
    Liaisons .......................................................................................................................................................................................38
    Enrollment..................................................................................................................................................................................38
    Transportation ...........................................................................................................................................................................38
    Access to Comparable Services ................................................................................................................................................38
    Unaccompanied Youth & Children in State Care of Custody .............................................................................................38
    STUDENT INTERNET USE POLICY........................................................................................................................................39
    MEDIA RELEASE POLICY .........................................................................................................................................................40
    ASBESTOS AND SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL .....................................40
    ASBESTOS-CONTAINING BUILDING MATERIALS IN SCHOOLS.....................................................................................40
CONTACT INFORMATION ..............................................................................................................................................40
    APPOINTMENTS ......................................................................................................................................................................40
    VISITORS....................................................................................................................................................................................40
    PUBLIC TELEPHONE................................................................................................................................................................ 41
    TELEPHONE MESSAGES .......................................................................................................................................................... 41
    NO SCHOOL NOTICES ........................................................................................................................................................... 41
    DELAYED SCHOOL SCHEDULE.............................................................................................................................................. 41
    CONTACT NUMBERS..............................................................................................................................................................42

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PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Southeastern Regional is a standards-based high school (measuring student progress based on
what they know and can do). It is our goal for every student to be successful, and our mission to
offer the support needed for this success. In order to accomplish this, students are expected to
take responsibility for their education by coming to school prepared and ready to learn.
All students are required to pass the State Standard MCAS Testing, as well as satisfy all local
graduation and program of study requirements, including maintaining an acceptable attendance
rate (including tardy and dismissal rate), as well as an acceptable behavior record.
Professionalism
It is Southeastern Regional’s goal to ensure every student is successful; therefore, we believe all
students must maintain a professional and respectful attitude and appearance by dressing and
acting appropriately, particularly in accordance with their technical area’s standards and safety
requirements. Students are expected to be respectful in their interactions with teachers, school
personnel, and each other at all times.
Course Requirements
Students are taught a progressive set of skills and knowledge through their vocational
curriculums. Students become proficient in many aspects of their vocational major and exit their
program upon graduation with industry credentialing. Students are equipped for their next step
beyond Southeastern, which may include entering their career field, furthering their education, or
joining the military. Students who fail any component of their vocational program may be
removed from that program and placed in an alternate program at the discretion of the High
School Principal on a space-available basis.
Students that do not fulfill academic requirements may also receive course credit through
accredited outside programs (night school, another school’s summer program or community
college) that are approved by the High School Principal. Students who are not promoted will be
retained in their current grade provided there is space available.

SPECIAL EDUCATION
The Special Education Law in Massachusetts, 603 CMR Section 28.0, and Public Law 94-142 the
Federal Special Education Law, require that students identified with special needs be provided an
educational program. The purpose of this law is to ensure that eligible Massachusetts students
receive special education services designed to develop the student’s individual educational
potential in the least restrictive environment in accordance with applicable state and federal
laws.
Students suspected of having a disability are referred for evaluation and assessment to determine
eligibility. A student may be referred for an evaluation by a parent or any person in a care giving
or professional position concerned with the student’s development. Assessment in the area of
academic achievement as well as any are of suspected disability is required for the eligibility
determination process. As part of the assessment process; skill deficits consistent with an
educational disability category are identified. Eligibility decisions are made by a Team; consisting
of a teacher, parents, a school based decision maker, and all personnel conducting assessments.
Once eligibility is determined, the team identifies the services and supports necessary to build

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skills in the deficit areas for the purposes of access to the curriculum. Consistent with federal and
state laws and regulations, service and placement decisions are made with consideration to
supports in the least restrictive environment.

SCHOOL DAY
The school day begins at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Students may also take advantage of
our extended school day and various extra-curricular activities. Our extended day program are
on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fall, winter, and spring from 2:35 pm to 3:45 pm. Teacher
extra help nights are on Mondays or Wednesdays from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

REPORT CARDS, PROGRESS REPORTS AND GRADING
Progress reporting is communicated in a variety of ways. Official grade reports will be provided
to students and parents four (4) times per year. Please see the school-committee-approved
calendar for exact dates. If you do not have a school calendar, you may obtain one in the high
school office or from the school’s web site at www.sersd.org.
Individual Progress reports may be issued by teachers at any time throughout the year. Students
must return an individual progress report signed by their parent/guardian immediately, if
requested by the teacher.

VOCATIONAL-TECHNICAL PROGRAM PLACEMENT
Vocational placement is developed through the Exposure and Exploratory process. While
students are exploring vocational programs, the Guidance Department works with students to
complete career interest inventories and has several individual and group counseling meetings.
Students are ultimately scored for vocational program placement based on their overall grades,
attendance, behavior, and their exploratory experience. These exploratory evaluations are
graded based on the project and participation during the full week of exploratory experiences.
The Admissions Policy outlines the full placement procedure.
Additional information on vocational technical program placement can be obtained from the
Guidance and Vocational Director’s offices.

COURSE AND CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
     •     Students are able to earn a minimum of 36 credits per year.
     •     Dual Enrollment and Virtual High School are among courses that present opportunities to
           earn credits beyond the 36 credits.
     •     Students failing a core academic course must make it up before the beginning of the next
           school year to stay on track for graduation. Students may receive course credit through
           an accredited outside program (night school, another school’s summer program, or
           community college) that is approved by the High School Principal.
     •     An Academic Review Board meets at the end of the school year to determine eligibility
           for promotion and graduation. Students who are not promoted may be retained in their
           current grade provided there is space available.
Seniors are required to take English and Math in their senior year.

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All students must earn at least the following to fulfill the minimum graduation requirements:

                    Course                                        Years Required

 English Language Arts                                                   4

 Mathematics                                                             4

 Science                                                                 3

 History/Social Science                                                  3

 Vocational Technical Program                                            4

 Electives and Physical Education
                                                                         3

PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS
A freshman must earn at least 32 credits by the start of the new school year and pass English and
Math to be promoted to the sophomore class.
A sophomore must earn at least 68 credits by the start of the new school year and pass English
and Math to be promoted to the junior year.
A junior must earn at least 104 credits by the start of the new school year and pass English and
Math to be promoted to the senior year.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To graduate from Southeastern, a student must earn a minimum of 130 credits and have passed
the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). Students completing all district
requirements, but not meeting the MCAS requirement, will receive a Certificate of Attainment
and a Vocational / Technical Certificate.

CLASS RANK CALCULATION
Colleges may calculate grade point average (GPA) differently from Southeastern. Certain
academic courses will have an additional weight when calculating a student’s grade point average
(GPA). See your Guidance Counselor for further information.
In the interest of encouraging and recognizing outstanding academic achievement, a valedictorian
and salutatorian will be selected for each high school graduating class. The valedictorian and
salutatorian will be selected according to the following procedure:

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•     Valedictorian will be the student with the highest weighted grade point average among
           honor diploma students as computed at the end of the third quarter in the eighth
           semester of high school.
     •     The salutatorian will be the student with the second highest weighted grade point
           average among honor diploma students as computed at the end of the third quarter in
           the eighth semester of high school work.
     •     In case of a tie (two or more students with the same weighted grade point average
           figured to three decimal places) for valedictorian, co-valedictorians will be honored.
     •     In case of a tie (two or more students with the same weighted grade point average
           figured to three decimal places) for salutatorian, co-salutatorians will be honored.
     •     To be eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian honors, the student must attend at least 6
           semesters of high school as a full time student. Transfer student must attend two (2)
           semesters prior to GPA configuration.
     •     Pass/Fail and ungraded courses are not included in courses counted towards the student’s
           GPA.

COLLEGE ENTRANCE AFTER GRADUATION
In order to meet the standard entrance requirements for admission to the state universities and
colleges, the school's curriculum offers the necessary courses for acceptance to all four-year state
supported colleges. Colleges may calculate grade point average (GPA) differently from
Southeastern. It is important that students planning to attend a four-year college take a rigorous
course load and keep grades in good standing at all times throughout their high school career.
Students and parents will benefit from PSAT, SAT, and Accuplacer result interpretations and
should take advantage of school-wide support systems such as SAT prep courses, dual enrollment
courses, and remedial support. Please contact the Guidance Counselor at any time for individual
attention regarding these important matters.

HONOR ROLL
A student shall be placed on the Honor Roll when he/she has earned the following grades:
     •     Students receive high honors when they receive A’s in all areas listed on the report card.
     •     Students receive honors when they receive A’s and B’s in all areas on the report card.

PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION EXERCISES
To participate in graduation exercises, students must meet all of the following:
     1. Successfully complete all of the "graduation requirements", as described above, including
        correspondence and other out-of-school course work no later than forty-eight (48) hours
        prior to graduation exercises;
     2. Wear, without alteration, the designated cap and gown and must have appearance and
        dress that conforms with standards established by the school committee, superintendent,
        and/or principal; Demonstrate behavior (during the semester prior to graduation)
        deemed by the building principal to be compatible with the school’s behavioral
        expectations as outlined in the student handbook; Cooperate fully with the school's staff

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during all school sponsored senior activities, including senior prom and graduation
        exercises; and,
     3. Return all school/District property and clear all outstanding debts owed the school and/or
        the School District one (1) week prior to graduation.

STUDENT RECORDS
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has written regulations
for Students’ records. Those regulations apply to all public elementary and secondary schools in
Massachusetts. The regulations apply to all information kept by a school committee on a student
in a manner such that he or she may be individually identified.
The state regulations divide the student record into two (2) categories: the transcript and the
temporary record. The transcript contains minimum data necessary to reflect the student’s
educational progress such as name, address, course titles, grades, and grade level completed. It is
to be kept by the school for 60 years after the student leaves the system.
All other information kept by the school system about the student is called the temporary record.
This may include such things as standardized test results, class rank, extracurricular activities and
evaluations by teachers and/or counselors. The temporary record is destroyed within five (5)
years after the student leaves the school system.
A parent or a student, who is at least fourteen (14) years old, has the right to inspect all portions
of the student record upon request. The record must be made available to the parent or student
no later than two (2) days after the request, unless the parent or student consents to a delay.
The parent and student have the right to receive copies of any part of the record.
With a few exceptions, no individual or organization but the parent, student, and school
personnel working directly with the student, are allowed to have access to information in the
student record without the specific, informed, written consent of the parent or the student.
The parent and student have the right to add relevant comments, information or other written
materials to the student record. In addition, the parent and student have the right to request that
information in the record be amended or deleted. The parent and student have the right to a
conference with the school principal to make their objections known. Within a week after the
conference, the principal must render a decision in writing. If the parent and student are not
satisfied with the decision, the regulations contain provisions through which the decision may be
appealed to higher authorities in the school system.
The regulations require that certain parts of the student record, such as the temporary record, be
destroyed by a certain period of time after the student leaves the school system. School
authorities are also allowed to destroy misleading, outdated or irrelevant information in the
record from time to time while the student is enrolled in the school system. Before any such
information may be destroyed, the parent and student must be notified, and have an
opportunity to receive a copy of any of the information before its destruction.
The parent and student may request to have parts of the record interpreted by a qualified
professional of the school, or may invite anyone else of their choosing to inspect or interpret the
record with them.
When a student turns eighteen (18), he/she has the right to limit access to their student records. If
he/she no longer wants their parent(s) to have access to their school records, he/she is required to
notify the Coordinator of Guidance.

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For additional information, you may contact: Director of Guidance, Southeastern Regional
Vocational Technical School, 250 Foundry Street, South Easton, MA 02375, (508) 230-1293.

                                            ATTENDANCE

ATTENDANCE OVERVIEW
The expectation of a Southeastern student is to attend every scheduled school day, on time and
prepared to learn. Time in learning is crucial to the success of students at Southeastern and
supports the necessary employability skills for life after high school. If a student is absent from
school, a parent/guardian must call the school to notify the Attendance Monitor of the absence.
Parents or guardians are required by law to send their children to school. Excessive absences or
truancies will be referred to the appropriate county Juvenile Court and/or the Department of
Children and Families.
The expectation of a Southeastern student is to attend every scheduled school day, however, if a
student were to drop below the 87% minimum attendance rate, they will lose credit in all classes
for the year. This will result in a full retention, which may include a new vocational placement,
strictly based on availability. Courses and credits may be recovered through alternative educational
options. These alternatives will be discussed at a mandatory meeting with the Attendance
Committee, the parent, and the student.

ABSENCE
An absence is when a student is not present in school. All absences are counted towards a
student’s official attendance. Students who are absent from school are not allowed to participate
in athletics or school activities on the day of their absence.
The following are considered absences:
     •     Parents calling to excuse their student from school.
     •     A student is missing from school without the school being notified, which will result in a
           truancy
     •     Outside of School Suspension
     •     Tardy after 11:00 A.M.
     •     Dismissal before 11:00 A.M.

REPORTING A STUDENT ABSENCE
If a student must be absent, his or her parent or guardian must call the school by 7:30 A.M. on the
day of the absence, and state the reason for the absence. The telephone number is (508) 230-1206.
This number may be called 24 hours a day. Failure to notify the school will result in the student
being considered truant.

PLANNED ABSENCES
When it is known in advance that a student will be absent from school, it is the expectation that
the student and/or parent will notify the Attendance Office, either the guidance office or the
individual teachers so that work can be prepared in advance. This is to prevent students from
falling behind in their classes. Students are responsible for all missed work.

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LONG TERM ILLNESS
Long-term illness consists of a medically documented chronic illness or long-term hospitalization
that has been written by the medical doctor caring for the student. In this instance, the absences
will be recorded but will not count toward credit loss.

TARDINESS
Arriving on time to school is very important for both the student and the school community.
Being late disrupts other students and teachers who have begun the school day on time. Please
refer to “School Hours” for specifics. When a student has accumulated 3 tardies during a term,
they will lose their parking privilege for the remainder of the term and it will be considered one
absence for the purposes of credit loss. Lunch detentions may also be given for excessive
tardiness to school. If a student arrives after 11:00 A.M. it is counted as an absence.
If a student still remains at risk and is failing to meet 87% attendance, the committee will
implement the process below:
At 24 days of missed instruction, a full retention or recovery model will be implemented. After
32 days of missed instruction, a full retention will be implemented.

DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL
If you need to have your child dismissed early from school, you must notify the High School
Office in the morning, in writing, with the date, time, and reason for the dismissal, as well as a
telephone number for verification. When picking your child up, please report to the reception
area where children will be dismissed; parents or guardians must provide appropriate
identification in order to sign their child out. In cases of emergency, please call the High School
Office so appropriate arrangements can be made to have your child ready for dismissal. Students
will not be released from school on the basis of a phone call. Children will not be dismissed to
another adult, including a non-custodial parent, without the written permission of the custodial
parent or guardian. Court documents such as restraining orders and custody agreements must
also be on file in the Guidance Department. Students who drive their own vehicle to school may
be dismissed with a verifiable note from their parent/guardian and a phone confirmation at the
discretion of the High School Administration. Three dismissals = 1 absence for purposes of credit
loss.
Students that are dismissed before 11:00 A.M. will not receive credit for the day unless they
return to school. If a student needs to leave school because of illness, then the School Nurse will
grant such permission as well as notify the parents and the Attendance Office.
Dismissals are granted only for extenuating circumstances and emergency reasons. Reason for
dismissals must be included on the dismissal request.

MAKE-UP REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
Upon returning from an absence, students must make up all missed work within two weeks. In
order to earn full credit for make-up work, a call to the absence line is required on the date of
the student’s absence.
The student is responsible for arranging make-up work with the teacher after an absence. We
encourage students to email the teacher directly to request make-up work whenever a student
will be absent for an extended period of time

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TRUANT FROM SCHOOL
Truancy is when the reason for the absence has not been communicated to the Attendance
Office. If a parent does not notify SERSD on the day of a student’s absence, then the student is
marked as being truant from school. A student who is truant will receive zero credit for the day’s
classes. Parents will receive notification of a student’s truancy.
For more information on attendance please contact the Attendance Office directly at
508.230.1257.

ATTENDANCE COMMITTEE
If a student develops excessive absences, the committee will put the following supports in place
to ensure a child is receiving their education:
     •     Mandatory Parent and Student Meeting with the Attendance Committee
     •     Home Visit
     •     Child Requiring Assistance (CRA) will be put in place through the court
     •     Department of Children and Families (DCF) will be notified
If a student still remains at risk and is failing to meet 85% attendance, the committee will
implement the process below:
At 28 days of missed instruction, a full retention or recovery model will be implemented. After
35 days of missed instruction, a full retention will be implemented.

                                               POLICY

PERSONAL INJURIES
Students are to report all injuries to the teacher immediately. An Incident Report Form will be
completed by the teacher, and filed with the nurse with a copy for the supervisor.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION
The Guidance and The Health Office should be notified of any changes of address, telephone
numbers (unlisted and unpublished included), parents’ work telephone numbers and extension,
etc., in case of an emergency.
THE HEALTH OFFICE MUST BE NOTIFIED WHENEVER A STUDENT IS HURT IN ANY WAY.

HEALTH OFFICE AND SCHOOL NURSE
The responsibility of the School Nurse is to give immediate and temporary first aid due to
accident or sudden illness during school hours. Accidents that happen at home are the
responsibility of the parent or guardian.

TRANSPORTATION-ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS
Transportation is the responsibility of the parent unless otherwise indicated by the School Nurse.

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SCHOOL INSURANCE
The School Committee provides, at no cost to the student, coverage under a blanket accident
insurance policy. This excess coverage policy is designed to supplement other insurance policies
the student may have. Benefits are payable only for incurred expenses which are not covered by
other types of hospital, medical, or surgical insurance for bodily injury due to an accident.
This accident policy will provide student coverage for the hours that school is in session and
while attending school sponsored and supervised activities including intramural and
interscholastic sports.
Claim forms will be available from the School Nurse or the Athletic Director as needed. The claim
form must be submitted within 90 days from the date of any injury.
The School Committee has also made available 24-hour coverage under the same plan for
students wishing to purchase it. Folders are available in the District Office for any student desiring
to purchase the 24-hour coverage.
Any questions regarding student insurance coverage and claims are to be directed to the District
Business Manager or School Nurse.

MEDICATION POLICY
Your parent/guardian must contact the School Nurse before medication can be brought to
school. The Nurse will provide the required doctor and parent consent forms to administer
medicine in school. Consent forms are required for all school-time medications, including over-
the-counter medications.
Medications that are to be given during school hours must be:
     •     Brought to the School Nurse before school by a responsible adult.
     •     Brought to school in a prescription bottle/original container. Medication in envelopes or
           plastic bags will not be accepted.
     •     Prescription medication must have the student’s name, the name of medication, the dose
           to be given, and the time the medication is to be given on the container.
     •  The student is responsible to come to the Health Office at the time the medication is to
        be given.
    • Medication that impairs a student’s ability to work safely cannot be taken during school
        hours.
Aspirin or combination products containing aspirin should not be given to children under
nineteen (19) years of age for treatment of Chicken Pox or Flu symptoms. Drug companies may
use the words Acetylsalicylate, Acetylsalicylic acid, Salicylic acid, or Salicylate instead of the word
aspirin. Please check all medicine labels carefully.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
Admission Physicals
All new students entering Southeastern must have a physical examination by the student’s family
physician. The family physician’s report must be sent to the school before the beginning of the
school year.
Students who do not comply with this admission requirement may not be able to attend school
as per Massachusetts State Law.

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Athletic Physicals
No student will be allowed to participate in any sport without an up-to-date physical.

ACCIDENTAL BLOODBORNE PATHOGEN EXPOSURE TO STUDENTS
Southeastern Regional School District students who sustain a needle stick injury, a cut from a
sharp instrument, or a membrane exposure to blood or other body fluids must document the
incident by notifying the teacher. The teacher will notify the School Nurse and Program
Supervisor and complete an Incident Report.
The School Health Office notifies the student’s parent/guardian and makes arrangements for the
student to be transported to a health care provider for emergency measures. The injured student
must seek immediate medical attention as prophylaxis is most effective (against HIV, Hepatitis,
Tetanus, etc.) if given within a few hours after exposure. Upon returning to school, the student
should provide the School Nurse with documentation of medical evaluation.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/HEALTH
Students are required to wear appropriate clothing and sneakers for all physical education classes.
All students have access to a locker in which to secure their clothing during physical education
class. Students are encouraged to secure their valuables with their instructor.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
All students remaining in school until 4:00 must be involved in an activity (this includes: students
remaining after school for extra help, sports participation, or other school sanctioned activities).
Students not remaining after school for these reasons must report to specific supervised areas after
school; all students must have a student I.D. to ride the bus.
All school regulations, including Behavior Standards, are in effect after school, during all school
activities, and in online settings that are sponsored by or otherwise directly impact the school.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR/CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & ELIGIBILITY
Southeastern is committed to providing opportunities for the total growth of the whole student.
A variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities are available to all students. Students are
encouraged to participate in at least one (1) activity annually.
A student becomes ineligible to participate in any sport/extracurricular activity when his/her
failures of subjects total 8 credits per semester or higher. Eligibility is determined by “report
card to report card notification”.
Extra-curricular/Co-Curricular activities include (but are not limited to): The National Honor
Society, Student Council, Class Officers and Representatives, Business Professionals of America,
Yearbook, SkillsUSA, DECA, Community Service Club, Ski Club, Literary Magazine, Student
Newspaper, Diversity Club, SADD, Cooperative Education, Intramurals, and all athletic teams.
Athletic Eligibility
Southeastern is a member of the Mayflower League and competes with other high schools in a
wide array of sporting activities.
A student must meet the guidelines for academic eligibility as set forth by the MIAA in order to
be eligible to try out for a team.

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In order to remain eligible for all sporting and extra-curricular activities, students must
demonstrate good citizenship in all settings that reflect upon Southeastern Regional. This includes
both in-school and out-of-school behavior, as well as behavior in an online or social networking
site.
A physical examination is required for all candidates for interscholastic sports competition. This
examination must precede any organized practice in the sport concerned and is given by the
student’s physician.
All students participating in interscholastic sports competition must have school accident
insurance or a waiver of school insurance and a permission form from a parent/guardian giving
consent to participate. No student will be allowed to practice or compete without all of these
requirements being met.
Eligibility rules for students to participate in interscholastic sports have been established by the
Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association. Any student failing subjects totaling
8.0 credits will not be eligible for participation.
Captain’s practices are not approved activities and are not sanctioned by the Southeastern School
District. Student athletes must be supervised at all times when practicing or preparing for athletic
events. During each season and between each season, approved intramural activities (which
include but are not limited to conditioning, weight training, and other sporting events) are made
available and will be supervised by members of the Southeastern staff.
Intramurals
Southeastern offers intramural athletic programs during the fall, winter, and spring sports seasons.
Intramural offerings vary with the seasons and are conducted by members of the Southeastern
staff. The same eligibility requirements for athletics pertain to intramurals as well. Some
intramural activities include Weight Training, Conditioning, Volleyball, Basketball and other areas
depending on student interest.
Student Government
Student Advisory Council: Southeastern has two (2) separate seats on the Southeast Regional
State Board of Education Student Advisory Council. The Delegate and Alternate are chosen by
the body in a general election held in March of each year.
Class Officers and Representatives: Each class has a set of officers that are elected by their peers.
Students must complete nomination papers and complete all pre-election requirements as
assigned by the class advisor (students are generally asked to complete a personal statement of
why they should be elected. This statement is either attached as part of the ballot or distributed
before the election). Students may also be asked to read this statement in front of their peers
before the election process. After students have been elected, class representatives may be added
by a process determined by the class advisor. Class officers and representatives must uphold all
eligibility requirements while assuming office or their role as a representative.
Student Council: Members of the Student Council will include all class officers and class
representatives as assigned by the Student Council Advisor. Student Council members will
represent the student body on school-wide issues. Student Council officers and representatives
must uphold all eligibility requirements while assuming office or their role as a representative.
Student Representative to the School Committee: Each April, the student body will elect a grade
10 or 11 student to act as a representative to the school committee. The elected representative
will attend all school committee meetings and provide a brief report to the entire committee.
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such, their input is a valuable resource. The Director of Athletics and Activities will assure that an
election is held each April and the results delivered to the High School Principal annually by May
1.

CLOTHING AND ATTIRE/DRESS CODE
Students are to come to school prepared to work in the classroom and in his or her vocational
area. Students will dress appropriately and in a professional manner in order to participate to the
fullest of their ability. Students who fail to do so will be referred to the Guidance Office.
Parent/guardians may be called to bring in a change of clothes if necessary. Students whose attire
contains violent or offensive messages will be referred to Behavior Management.
The following dress guidelines will be adhered to:
     ▪     Clothing with obscene or unacceptable messages is not allowed.
     ▪     Footwear that will mark or damage the gym floor is not to be worn.
     ▪     Slides and Flip Flops are not permitted in any vocational area
     ▪     Items that could be considered a safety concern are not permitted.
     ▪     Clothing and accessories, which are considered disruptive to the educational process, are
           not allowed. In particular, the following items are not allowed:
                o Sagging pants, short shorts/skirts.
                o Pajamas, bathrobes, blankets, and any other nighttime wear.
     ▪     Hats, while not specifically banned, should not disrupt the educational process. Wearing
           of hats in class is up to each individual teacher’s discretion.

     ▪     Attire during Freshmen Exposure/Exploratory: While students are not required to
           purchase any clothing or tools until they are permanent placed in their program at the
           end of semester 1, it is imperative that all freshmen come prepared with appropriate
           attire during Freshmen Exposure/Exploratory. For safety reasons, all students are required
           to wear long pants and closed toe shoes. This means that no shorts, open toed shoes, flip
           flops or slides are permitted in any of the vocational areas. Students who fail to comply
           may be excluded from participation.

TOOLKITS
To provide students with the utmost in learning opportunities, it is suggested that each student
have a basic tool kit to learn to care for, maintain, and appreciate tools. The kit may be
expanded upon over the years. Students will be placed in a better position for employment
following their graduation, as they will possess the tools which most individual employers. For
more specifics, please refer to vocational teacher’s syllabus. Southeastern provides an adequate
supply of tools for all students enrolled in the vocational program. Tools lost or intentionally
damaged must be paid for by the student.

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